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This study aimed to analyze bioclimatic indexes: black globe temperature and humidity index (BGHI) and radiant thermal load (RTL) in Santa Inês sheep farms, with and without coverage to develop a fuzzy logical computational model to forecast variables analyzed experimentally. Ten Santa Inês sheep were placed in two cover paddocks, and one without cover. Data recorded were: air temperature schedules and black globe (°C), relative humidity (%) and wind speed (m s-1), and BGHI and RTL were calculated. Computational models were developed using fuzzy logic which had as input variables, air temperature (°C) relative humidity (%) for the output variables BGHI and RTL. Based on the experimental data, there were also certain relevance curves that conform more to the results for the model generation via Fuzzy logic. The Mandani inference method was used for the preparation of rules and defuzzification of the center of gravity method was applied. The results showed that in the critical periods, 12 to 14 h, coverage was insufficient to differentiate between stress environments. It was also found that the Fuzzy models compared with the experimental data were highly correlated with R² equal to 0.99, proving it is suitable for implementation in practice.
Key words: Computational model, heat stress, shelter, simulation.
BGHI, Black globe temperature and humidity index; RTL, radiant thermal load; AT, air temperaure; RH, relative humidity; BGT, black globe temperature; WS, wind speed.
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